How does Dickens present Dotheboys Hall as a miserable, unwelcoming, and depressing place?

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Despite Squeers's contention, when selling the school to parents and guardians, that Dotheboys Hall is grand school in a "delightful" village where the gentry send their sons, Nicholas gets his first hint that it is dismal when Squeers tells him, as they near it, that it is not a "hall" (a gentleman's estate) at all. Nicholas sees that it is a group of ramshackle buildings and hears of students sleeping three to a bed.

But the true shock comes the morning after his arrival, as he confronts the schoolroom....

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